On Sunday, November 23rd at 4pm, the Christmas Choir will have their first practice. If you have a voice, please come out and sing your heart out with all the classic Christmas Hymns.
Church members of First Baptist Church surround our pastor with daily and weekly prayer. Each Sunday they gather in the pastor’s office to pray during the worship service. They pray for the prayer cards turned into the offering plate that week and they pray for the people and the pastor while the Word of God is being proclaimed.
A vibrant ministry for those who are 50 and older at First Baptist Church.
Legacy meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6 pm at the church.
Here is the information on the upcoming Legacy meeting.
To keep up with all the planned events at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids check the church calendar here
Dear Congregation of First Baptist Church,
I want to share a few thoughts from the Council of Elders as we move forward from this significant day.
I know most of you are still trying to process the news from today's service, regarding the resignation of Pastor Scott Boles. The events of this day will have a huge impact on not only this church but also this community. There are a few things to keep in mind:
• This is God's church and He is still in charge. What we face in the months ahead, God has been thinking about for .... well... forever. He already has our future figured out – we just have to follow Him.
• Over the next 2 months, Scott & Marcie are going to be up to their eyeballs in all the things that need to be done during a transition like this. I know you'll want to be with them as much as you can but please respect their time and their needs. We hope to have some opportunities for all of us to come together, say goodbye and wish them well.
• I want you to know how much faith the Council has in you – the people of First Baptist. We will surely come together as brothers and sisters united in one faith, responsive to one Spirit, obedient to one God and walking with one Savior. We will remain in God's will. Right now we're united in our support of Scott & Marcie, secure in the knowledge that God will lead them forward.
I want you to know that the Council of Elders has been working hard to make our transition to new leadership as smooth as possible. These are the steps we are looking to take:
"I love Eaton Rapids," said Dorathea Manger, age 91, "Some of my ancestors were members of First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids in the late 1800's."
Born on a farm on Onondaga Road, Dorathea and her mother moved to Eaton Rapids in 1930 to keep house for an uncle who was widowed. "My father joined us later," she said. "I've lived here 84 years."
As a young girl, Dorathea accepted Jesus Christ. "I grew up in the neighborhood of the Congregational parsonage so I knew many of the pastors and their families and spent time in their homes," she said.
Dorathea and her husband Edward were married for nearly 56 years before he passed away in 1999. Together they have three children: Ruthanne Ovenhouse, Renee Manger and Don Manger.
It was 14 years ago when her daughter Ruthanne invited her to attend First Baptist Church. She said she enjoys Pastor Scott's messages and the people who attend here. Currently, she is involved in Legacy, the "over 50" ministry at FBC.
When her children were younger, Dorathea volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. After retiring as a medical records clerk, she volunteered in the hospital gift shop, at the American Legion Auxiliary and with the Congregational Church Women's Fellowship.
My Journey as a Foster mom: Immeasurable Love Found In Unexpected Places
by Nikki Gruesbeck
God first stirred a passion in me that I had not felt before on a mission trip to St. Ann's Bay Jamaica in 2005. I stood in the school yard with dozens of little hands reaching up to me in hopes of a hug, touch, or any affection from me. One little girl in particular would not leave my side. I walked home from school with her and nothing could have prepared me for what I learned. She was 11 years old, living all alone in what we would consider a tool shed with a padlock on the door. No bed, no window, nothing. I went to the School Administrator, surely they could fix this if they knew what she was going through. The response sent me reeling. "She is just one of many. This is life for many of these kids". Are you kidding me?? I wanted to bring this girl home with me in the worst way. Since customs wouldn't look fondly on my bringing her back in my suitcase and our week long mission trip was not long enough to begin the red tape around the particulars of her situation, our team did the best we could by setting up some contacts for her, connecting her with the local church and praying for her (and all those like her) daily. Tears poured down her cheeks and mine as our bus pulled away headed for the airport. I came back home with a forever changed heart. I could not look at my life, my children, my abundant blessings the same. I felt completely humbled at how blessed my entire life has been and how often instead of expressing gratitude for all I have I am so quick to grumble about all that I don't have or all I still want.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Sam Brobst took a "Learning Your Spiritual Gift" course at Full Life Center, a charismatic church, and felt the Lord leading him to prophesy during meetings. But when Brobst opened his mouth the first time, he and others were surprised by what came out: pirate speak.
"We were in the middle of worship, when this voice rings out, 'Yar! Hear the word of the Lord — the Lord of the mighty seas!'" says one witness. "It was straight out of a Disneyland ride."
Brobst says he can't help it: when the Spirit moves upon him, he clamps one eye shut and his voice becomes gravelly and menacing. On a recent Sunday, he prophesied, "Avast ye, mateys! Hear the word from our Cap'n: No fear have ye of storms and scallywags, says ye? Argh! But I be seein' your true hearts. For I see below quarterdecks, says I. Ye be tremblin' in the face of scurvy dogs. But pay them no heed. For I be preparin' to pour down plenty o' booty upon ye. So be of cheer, me hearties! Ye be loved of the Cap'n."
Fall Bible Study Dates
Various bible studies will be starting back up soon. Below are the individual dates/times.
Women's Bible Study - On Tuesday's, starting September 2nd at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall
Men's Bible Study - On Wednesday's, starting September 3rd at 7am in the Fellowship Hall
JAM (4th-6th Grade) - On Monday's, starting September 8th at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall
For all those that enjoy reading their future, follow this link to read your Horoscopes.
Youth Group (7th-12th grade) 6-8pm (Every other week during the summer)
Prayer Meeting 7pm
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